Addicted to NRT

Hello all

It's a long time since I've been on the site and I'm still going strong - nearly 5 months now.

Some of you may remember I'm a recovering alcoholic, so addiction is a real problem for me.

I gave up smoking very successfully using NiQuitin oral strips. Now I'm addicted to those. Does anyone else have experience of getting addicted to NRT? I'm beginning to worry about this now and would be grateful for any thoughts, advice or others experience. Should I be concerned?

Love to you all xxxx

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  • I haven't, but why not talk to your GP or practice nurse, they will be able to steer you in the right direction and come up with a plan that will meet your needs :) x

  • My Mum used lozenges for 3 years when she quit , 5 years later she has been quit 8 years...if it's working don't worry but if you are worried speak to a pharmacist or cessation practitioner...

  • I agree - it's probably best to have a chat with cessation advisor...but hey, well done, 5 months smokefree is great and I'm sure there are plenty of people who continue to use NRT for much longer than that!

    Well done Miss!

  • Fair play to you for being a recovering alcoholic & recovering smoker!

    Well done in both.

    You make a very valid point, because you have a different history, I wouldn't even dare to advise, but I do dare to send you a huge massive virtual hug because you deserve it :)

  • Ahh, you're all so very kind. Thank you so much for your comments - it has helped. I think I'll take the pressure off myself for a while and not worry too much, then have a chat a little later with my GP who is well aware that I'm a bit of an addict head!!!!. Again, many many thanks. Lots of love xxx

  • One of the reasons why I nearly collapsed this week was because I have been supporting 24x7 a recovery alcoholic which is a very dear friend of mine & I love to bits - but at times exhausts me to a point where I cannot even describe.

    I don't drink, but I deal with the addiction every day - on that note, pls go and talk to ur GP or support group before you do anything as you don't want one quit to damage the other. xxx Do not allow urself to get under stress because you are using NRT but also don't put urself in a situation where you believe you are addicted to it - because you are not, it takes 3 days for it to get out of your system.

    You have gone through worse, much worse than that - and you are still here to tell us the story. :)

  • Mmaya, we alcoholics are a nightmare!! You're wonderful supporting your friend 24/7 but don't burn yourself out. We are a hard bunch to deal with, but we have to do it for ourselves. It's our journey and no one can travel the hard road for us - with us is great, but please look after yourself. If I can help in any way please let me know. I've had many attempts at trying to give up - this time I've achieved just about 2 years and no way would I go back to those years of drinking. It was hell but life is so good now.......really good xxx

  • Sure...don't I know it?! But it is very hard to stay quite beside you while you trip, slip & get up, it's heartbreaking!!!

    ...but...do you know what? the rules for leaving alcohol behind are the same as to leave the nicotine.

    You do it for yourself, you stick to it and live one day at the time....baby-steps hey?!

    The only difference is that it is really much easier to drop the nicotine.

    The problem is only in the head, I have no doubt that you can do it, if you managed 2 years off the buz you can get nic out easy easy :) I hope I see you around here more often, and remember...your success fills my heart and gives me hope for the One(s) I love. Take care.

  • Thank you for your kind words mmaya. I suppose one of the hard things is drinking is so social. It's all around us. If you give up smoking, you get a pat on the back, if you give up drinking, you get asked 'why?'......... People still say to me now 'well surely you can have just one now?' As with giving up smoking, it's a constant battle, but one that can be won! xx

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